On Wednesday 1 December, some of our Senior Social Justice Leaders travelled to the Mercy Hub to visit the “World Next Door” Exhibition by refugee detainee Naser Moradi.

Naser, a Hazara man, fled persecution in Afghanistan 10 years ago and has been detained at the MITA facility in Broadmeadows for the past 7 years. He is well known to the school, we have displayed his Art at school in the past and staff and students have visited Naser in Detention over several years.

He started creating artwork in his Detention Cell using drippings from coffee cups, teaching himself to paint and eventually gained support to produce artwork. His art expresses both his grief, and hope for a better future for all of his fellow detainees.

The girls were moved by their visit to the Exhibition and inspired to raise awareness as Mercy people for the plight of refugees currently held in detention in this country. Walking with others has been very important to the Sisters in the past and continues to be so for our students as they live and invite all to live Mercy.

If your family would like to purchase any of the prints made of Naser’s artwork, please contact Lauren Marquet: lmarquet@olmc.vic.edu.au to arrange this through the Mercy Hub. Cards are $5 and Posters are $25 - $40. All proceeds go to helping cover legal costs.

Lauren Marquet and William Balme
Social Justice Coordinators